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Many Ways to Hate America

Liberal Europeans criticize America for different reasons than developing social-welfare states, radical Islamists or nationalist Asians do. But they all respond to the current administration's missteps and contradictions. The damage is not irreversible, if the U.S. policies change, but the damage is deep.

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All Comments (58)

Taha Abdulla Baharoon:

America will never be able to quell the anti-Americanisms worldwide because it's biased foreign policy, which is the source of all it's problems, is under the mercy of the powerful Pro-Isreal "mediacracy" sytem and Zionist pressure groups. The paradox is: USA itself is ruled by "mediacracy" system at home and it wishes to introduce Democracy to other nations!


joaorocha:

no próprio continente americano é visível a falta de aprêço aos emericanos do norte. Os países subdesenvolvidos e que ainda são muitos, nunca tiveram dos EUA o apoio que sempre esperavam. Indiscutivelmente esses países eram explorados por empresas multinacionais, com origem nos EE UU e que lamentavelmente não tinham nenhum compromisso com o social. Hoje estamos vendo, em decorrencia do apoio dos EUA aos governos corruptos, o susrgimento de lideranças populistas e demagógicas em toda a america latina e tambem em parte do caribe. O povo sul americano estva cansada da miséria, falta de educação, saúde, investimentos em infra estritura e uma infinidade de outras prioridades para um mínimo de bem estar social. Somente agora os EUA se deram conta de que a concentração de riquezas nas mãos de uma monoria só poderia dar na mudança de mentalidade e de ação dos latino americanos. Logo, a saída será a mudança e modernização do atual modelo capitalista, visando uma melhor distribuição de riquezas com verdadeiras parcerias entre os ricos e os pobres do continente americano. O que seria dos estados unidos, hoje, se não estivesse financiando o seu fabuloso deficit , através da venda de titulos do tesouro para paises como a China, Japão, Brasil e uma infinidade de outras nações em desenvolvimento ?

Fate:

Kyoto Altman wrote: "Why should countries like China respond to U.S. criticisms of media and internet censorship when Washington has been known to eavesdrop on its own citizens? And how effective can Washington’s call to improve human rights be when it has ignored its own principles of due process in Guantanamo?"

I was taught in 3rd grade the following lesson: 'Imagine you are driving 25 mph over the speed limit and are passed by a car going 50 mph over the speed limit. A few minutes later a policeman stops you for speeding. Do you ask the police officer why he is stopping you and not the person who was going faster, or do you own up to your own misdeed?'

I was taught that a misdeed is a misdeed and should never be compared to other's misdeeds. You are comparing Chinese misdeeds to American misdeeds as though American misdeeds allow Chinese misdeeds. I would hope that my 3rd grade lesson was also taught at some grade level in China, but maybe not. Chinese repression stands on its own and should not be defended by comparisons with any other nation. Its time for China to grow up and stop pointing at others to justify its repressive government. Its time for the Chinese government to act like adults, take responsibility for their lack of human rights and strive to better themselves and not act like children saying "Well, America does it too".

Anonymous:

Brazilian:

Does Lula represent the majority of Brazilian people, especially the over 50 percent of your population that lives in abject poverty north of Rio?

Anonymous:

Japanese like to stir up anti-China feelings in America. To believe anything the Japanese write about China is to believe anything the French write about America. Very suspicious, to say the least.

MATTE:

I still don't understand why you are allowing the ramblings of a Japanese born report who is now living in China to be a barometer of Chinese feelings towards the US. Every Chinese citizen i met in my travels there have had nothing but great things to say about the US, not quite as good things to say about Europeans... and yes they still do remember our involvement in stopping the Japanese invasion including the Flying Tigers who flew with Chinese pilots during the war.

A japanese woman in China does not even CLOSELY represent Chinese society, even if she grew up there, they are a very homogenous society and very suspicious of Japanese people, therefore ideas and feelings between the two would be very different.

AE:

Gary Pennsylvania,

The U.S. Constitution was largely penned by James Madison, not God ("creator", as you say). It's a good constitution, but let's please not elevate it beyond mortal status!

Feeder:

I agree with others that it is ridiculous for much of the world to complain about America despite everything it has done for them. The medicines they use, the electricity that powers everything around them, the planes they fly, the synthetic materials in the clothes they wear - where do you think these things came from? Magic?

Reading these articles is like getting a report card filled out by a bunch of cheating, backstabbing, self-interested hypocrites. Frankly, I would be worried if countries like France and China started AGREEING with everything we did. As other posters have said, America truly is "damned if we do, damned if we don't" because inherent in all these criticisms is the assumption that America will actually listen, that we are accountable and that we care about what other countries think. And, unlike despots everywhere that get a free pass from other countries, we do care - to a point. But America is a sovereign nation on its own and, in my opinion, still the last bastion of democracy and human rights on earth. For the love of Jebus, the Chinese routinely shoot prisoners just to harvest their organs (and charge their family for the bullet!), but the U.S. is condemned for its incredibly elaborate and rights-oriented death penalties that provide even the most egregious killers several decades of taxpayer-sponsored appeals. What gives? It is only so long before the constant criticism of the U.S. for every act or omission simply fades away into an incomprehensible din - something that I think happened a few decades ago. Most countries lost the right to complain about the U.S. when they forced us to step up and take care of their problems for them. The U.S. is isolationist at heart, not imperial, and we would love nothing more than to ignore the rest of the world and just enjoy our own country. But every time we try, all our self-appointed critics reveal themselves to be incompetent bumblers who will let the Nazis and Soviet Unions of the world trample them rather than grow a backbone. Most other nations love to run up the tab, and then when the check finally arrives they all suddenly have other things to do while they wait for the US to handle it.

Claudia:

What I have trouble understanding is the contradictory attitudes people have in regards to the power (military, political, economical, etc) the American government possesses.
If we intervene in the political affairs of other countries in order to stabilize that country's government or remove an oppressive regime, we're simultaneously hailed as bullies and saviors. If we don't get involved, we're considered isolationist or irresponsible.
I feel like this is true for every non-American issue out there. We're damned if we do and damned if we don't. Yet it seems like other nations feel perfectly justified in verbally denouncing us while demanding that we champion their cause. Am I wrong?

Suzie:

Before we address anti-americanism, we must define what Americanism is. Americanism used to stand for freedom of choice, individualism, and multiplism. Of late, due to the current administration's policies and arogance in dealing with other nations and problems of the world, Americanism began to be identified in terms of superiority complex, conservative Christianity, and cowboy mentality. I, as an American, would be anti-american of this genre, as many in the world are. We must change our policies and attitudes regarding air-polution, capital punishment, wire-tapping, abominable state of health care for the poor, to name a few from inside if we want to regain the respect for the American spirit.

A brazilian:

Americans have done it to thenselves, they have a government that do not represent the majority of the people living there, their governement represent their Corporations, that's why American policies towards the midle east favors Israel (the jews own the money in America)and the other corporations as well...petrol, farmers, pharmaceuticals, etc...
They're even poisoning their own people with all that GM foods sold everywhere, as a matter of fact I noticed it whem I visited New york last year! I can tell you that I have never seen so many Ugly an fat people toguether in my life there are certainly some sort o genetic mutation happening over there, they are transforming thenselves in huge inflated monsters, so fat that quite a few people entering a restaurant I was in, could not seat in normal chairs, so the waiter had to fit to chairs toguether, it wolud funny if it was not tragic...so many people eating thenselves to death...

Sorry ..but somebody has got to tell you the truth

See yous..

Doc Hilliard:

The politics of Hate America is going on right now in the US Senate where those who hate America and support Illegal Aliens are in control and winning. They are winning by following the ancient roman notion of DIVIDE ET IMPERA (divide and rule). Instead of having an up or down vote on the entire Kennedy-Mahoney-McCain package, the floor managers are being successful feeding little bits into the mix one at a time. A battle between massed forces and forces fed into the battle piecemeal ALWAYS results in the massed forces slaughtering the forces fed into the battle piecemeal. The typically small-minded and short-sighted Senators opposing this 5 TRILLION dollar every decade boondoogle pork legislation simply seem unable to help each other defeat the entire bill by cooperating on the little bits being expertly fed into the mix. FINIS AMERICA

Doc Hilliard:

The politics of Hate America is going on right now in the US Senate where those who hate America and support Illegal Aliens are in control and winning. They are winning by following the ancient roman notion of DIVIDE ET IMPERA (divide and rule). Instead of having an up or down vote on the entire Kennedy-Mahoney-McCain package, the floor managers are being successful feeding little bits into the mix one at a time. A battle between massed forces and forces fed into the battle piecemeal ALWAYS results in the massed forces slaughtering the forces fed into the battle piecemeal. The typically small-minded and short-sighted Senators opposing this 5 TRILLION dollar every decade boondoogle pork legislation simply seem unable to help each other defeat the entire bill by cooperating on the little bits being expertly fed into the mix. FINIS AMERICA

Tom:

Americans are like any other people of the world and like the saying goes "people are people where ever you go"; therefore directing hatred at the american people is not fair. Now, the administration in power should receive the brunt of the world's anger. I know the america people alway do the right thing when they mistakely elect the wrong leader...only one more year and we will have a better leadership

Janice:

I think we should consider this question relatively...In my own opinion, there are always people who like America, whereas people who does not like America. Thus, we can not really say this country is anti-Americanism.

P.S. To Matte: In China, staffs in the hotels are not allowed to be tipped privately...Some hotels will get 15% of what you spent to pay the staffs.

Fritz:

Seen from Germany it is difficult and obscured by NATO etc that there are many layers of relations. On one layer, sponsored very much, there is some anti-americanism sotosay, US/EU as the new axis of evil. But this is only a very thin layer. There is big friendship under it.

Anonymous:

here is a new way to hate america - from inside your own country - and not eating food grown in or paid for by americans - or in houses made with american tech - or using tools in your factories not designer or made in the us.
begining to get the point?

Gary Masters:

"Of course America is on the decline."

Several of my friends were captured by the Japanese in WWII. The general who captured them gave a speech and said they were the result of a failed USA. But we prevailed. We can prevail now. All we have to do is ignore those who think we have lost and know that most of the world is changed by economics and science - not politics.

Most of those who think we have failed are students of failed theories and philosophies. Perhaps they have failed personally and see that as an indication of ageneral trend.

Matt:

Anti-american exists because most countries cannot act without us but have little say in how we act. Furthermore, when most countries act beyond their most immediate periphery, the consequences of each individual country's actions are marginal whether for good or bad. The result is that they can afford to be a critic and outside their immediate periphery it doesn't matter whether their perspective on the issues of the day (global trade, Islamism, human rights, oil, etc.) are right or wrong.


But what the U.S. does, as *the* actor on the international stage, does have real consequences both for individual countries and for the world as a whole. It must act in real-time with incomplete information all over the world simultaneously, balancing its own interests against those of others. And as the last couple years have demonstrated, it is of course fallible.

Americans should get over 'anti-americanism' in all but it's most virulent forms. The US should worry instead about making good policy (first, in its own interests, and then secondarily for higher ideals). The 'anti-american' noise is just the price of being important.

Charles:

I traveled all over the world at various times in the last 30 years and enjoyed the rich culture of other countries. I went out of my way not to portray the "Ugly American" attitude that was the stereotype abroad. I listened to other points of view and respected cultural differences. I still believe in the inherent goodness of most people and the desire to treat each other as equals. What I now see routinely is the knee-jerk reactions on both sides of the anti-American debate, mainly due to the sheep-like devotion to government propaganda spewed by power-hungry hatemongers. I am tired of trying to be a voice of reason to people I encounter in my travels and really don't care anymore to listen or attempt to combat the attitudes. No one really hates Switzerland, so let's have America be the new Switzerland. You do whatever you want to do outside of our borders, woe to you if you cross into our space in the future! The rest of you are on your own. And you can rant about past injustices all you want. Every country that has ever existed has not taken a step that didn't involve their own self-interest. You can talk about Vietnam, South America, Iraq, etc. Doesn't really matter who the players are, because there will always be someone who steps in to the power vacuum. Think it wouldn't be the practical and polite Swedes? Ask the Poles what they think of Swedens past history towards them. Think it wouldn't be some dirt poor African country if they had America's military and economic power? Ask the ethnic tribes in their countries who aren't in political power right now how they are treated. The same goes for every country that either has had power in the past or hungers for it now. They have acted just as bad (or worse) than America and would do so again in a hearbeat if they thought it was in their country's best interest. The moral smugness and superior attitudes these people express can only make me laugh in digust. Try saying these kinds of things about your own country and governments, folks. Let's see how many of you are actually still free to walk around tommorrow when you do.

ICBM:

Those precious Palestinians, so welcomed everywhere, especially in Lebanon. If you voted National Socialist in 1933, then you voted for war. If you want to vote for Hamas or Hezbollah, then expect death and stop snivelling.

Israel:

So no one has noticed the fatal flaw?? The US
preaches and yips
constantly about spreading democracy. We Invade Iraq to spread democracy.
But the Palestinians,hold a certifiably clean free and fair election,vote for someone ISRAEL DOESN'T LIKE....AND WHAMO...
the US tries to undermine that election, withdraws help. What happened to democracy?
And lets the savage Israelis keep the tax money they collected "for" the Palestinians--money that is undisputedly the Palestinians. TRY TO STARVE out everyone, women and children included. The UN and the rest of the world have to fly in food and help!
'Course you don't read much abut it the Times or the Washington Post, do you? Does it make you proud to be American? Does anyone assert that it is not true? Wake up.

Bill Houston:

So, all of America's troubles started with Bush, and the rest of the world loved us before? Does anyone out there remember anything of history? Remember the "Ugly American" back in the 60s, how about regime change we engineered in Iran or all the dictators we supported in South America? And, of course, we were really loved for the troubles in Vietnam Kennedy and Johnson got us in! Do you people really think America was loved as recently as when Clinton was president? You're either naive or suffer from memory loss.

Anti-Muslim:

Of course the world loves muslims who integrate themselves so well in their hosts countries and who value education, especially for women. Speaking of reaping what you sow wait and see Mr. Muslim what is in store for your peoples in the next decade, especially if the US does not have a pacifist for president like Bush. Who cares whether the US is loved or hated? I doubt the Greeks, Romans, French, English, Spanish or Turks gave a fig about what others thought about them. Countries do not have lovers, only interests, and this is not an American philosophy but that of that great champion of human rights and the poor General De Gualle, hero of anti-Americans everywhere.

mohammad allam:

In my opinion peopel around the world hate America due to two reasons 1.Dual policy of american administartion.The foreghn policy of America is dualistic,for same act rewarding ones and punishing other.see example one dictator of pakistan is patronized who destroyed the pakistani democartic institution and other hand same america destroyed a so called dictator in iraq to plant democarcy.2 reason is American bossesism nature.every official of america from top to bottom try to dictat the policy to other nation in haughty nature.This arrogance nature of america led the definion of sovereighnty in question.The human right,the terrorism,the democarcy etc all these are to destroy the increasing power of islamic world and all those countries which according to Pentagon and CIA report have potential to challenge the american supermacy of the world. And when you will do why not people hate you?Why people obey u?are they American slaves so not protest.all those Innocent people of Afghanistan,iraq,lebnan,somalia,yugoslovakia,chechnia,cuba,north korea etc lost their beloved one ,how can they love?Love and hate are nature of human being.It shows what you sown you reap.And in my opinion america has sown enough hatred in the world to get enough fruit for next decade.

Madrone:

As another said, the problem with a lot of Anti-Americanism is its a complete lack of proportion.

Comparing restriction of the internet to cover up its own history, blocking words that the government disagrees with, doesn't compare with NSA wiretapping over a few years (which is slowly being challenged in court, and probably will ultimately be dismantled)

Comparing Guantamo bay, with ~300 people, mostly found on the battlefield, with a vast prison system with thousands? (or more?) government dissidents is foolish. (and again, in a few years, I'm betting dollars to doughnuts, that gitmo will be closed)

As for Taiwan?

Excuse me if the US doesn't support a government claim to land that it has *never* controlled (PRoC has never had Taiwan, only past incarnations of China), a land that at this moment, does not want to unite with China.

I'm aware of Americas deep flaws, but America both has the capacity for a lot of self criticism, and a general openness about its past, that I rarely, if ever, see in the countries that routinely exhibit a large degree of anti americanism.

CAS:

Anti-Americanism from China is curious, considering the millions of jobs we've exported there in the last 10 years not to mention the $15-20 billion in junk from China sold each year at Wal-Mart

Druvas:

Aleksander,

You have to be kidding, right? Noam Chomsky is a discredited Socialist, bordering on Communist. I have read some Chomsky in my younger, more naive days. He is the extreme opposite of our favorite Lyndon Leruche...

jhbyer:

Daniel, thanks for your post, which is well-aimed, timely, and the opposite of naive.

Duh:

Dubya is the public result of the moronic religious march to ignorance allied with the corporate greed of Fascist Capitalism. Half of our Congress don't have passports and the other half have probably never left the Hiltons and american cultural icons when out of the country; to then claim some superior right to "lead" the world is arrogance that calls for hatred. The rising disparity in wealth and power in America and the world naturally make American an Icon of excesses, insensitivity, and ruthlessness. As the world destructs from these excesses of industrial decadence, it is also only natural to fear and hate the culture that represents everything that is bad and evil about their criminally destruction actions and attitudes.

Aleksander:

It's evident that the current administration has escalated the US interventionist policy, thus cultivating more anti-americanism.

However, to think that Bush (or the Republicans as a whole) is the problem, reflects ignorance of history. In order to understand the present anti-americanism, it's crucial to comprehend the extent of the US interventionist policies since WWII.

As we observe the deterioration of US world hegemony and study the long-term implications of US foreign policy, there is reason to be concerned on behalf of the American people.

It should be alarming that in my country, Norway - with such strong cultural ties to the US - strong anti-americanism is more and more frequent.

I would advise anyone to read the research done by Noam Chomsky on the American society.

Greetings from Norway

Jennifer:

I wonder if in Russia during the cold war (or in any other country right now) they had posts in the news about 'The Many ways to Hate Russia' and what to do about it.
Is it only Americans who worry about whether they're loved?

Most bullies have that problem.

Robert:

Much of the anti-Americanism we see today has more to do with the world power structure than with the current administration. The current administration alienated Europe before they even came to power (I'm recalling all the demonstrations in Europe on Bush's first trip there, well before he had really done anything), and that alienation allowed other powers such as China and the once and future Soviet Union to more effectively put into motion long term foreign policies which seek to reduce American power and influence. But this was coming whether Bush was in the White House or not. The great game is played much the same regardless of the players. Alienation from your friends and fear from your enemies is the typical response to any nation which has reached the level relative power that the U.S. did after the Cold War.

As the big Kahuna of course every tin-pot dictator who is sure that the U.S. has no intention of messing with him (see Mugabe, Chavez but most definitely not Hussein) can then claim to be a big hero for taking rhetorical swipes at the bogeyman. Soren is quite right that the sort of anti-Americanism extant today isn't a blanket rejection of everything quinessentially American so much as a fear that everything else may be in danger of being swallowed up.

Aftab:

A Muslim, I have for long admired the life style and prosperity of US citizens of all denominations which,to me, is a direct result of the freedoms they all enjoy. I wish I had the same in my own country. I am, however, perplexed by the blind support Americans, by and large,and American governments, whether Republican or Democrat, have been extending to Israel, a country that has extinguished freedom for the citizens of Palestine, a country they have occupied by brute force and hold on to with American support. I do not hate America. I would have loved it if it was fair in its international dealings, especially with the Muslim people.

meuphys rasbene:

gary pennsylvania conveniently exemplifies in his statement why both a majority of other nations - and at this point a majority of americans - feel that this government is a counterproductive, anti-democratic, regressive, bullying, holier-than-thou (pick your adjective) force in the world today. the blame can almost but not entirely be laid at the door of the bush administration... to some extent, however, the conditions necessary for the administration's successful (for six years) manipulation of the levels of power can be attributed to our long history of (to some extent voluntary) isolation from the rest of the world. unfortunately, in many quarters this manifest itself as a suspicion of culture and intellectuals, not to mention customs which are not our own. for a time during the '90s, there was to some extent a willingness to be citizens of the world. 9.11 and the bush administration's cynical manipulation of the emotions engendered by it have once again put some distance between our cheap and forgettable popular culture and those cultures which have given the world expressionism, existentialism, geometry, physics, democracy (!), the tao, and so on.

Mike:

Frankly, I'd love to be able to drop the pretense that we have some superior morality to uphold. I really don't care about being holier than thou.

I'll be glad to live in an America that is allowed to pursue its own interests with the same cynicsm as the rest of the world. Let's let someone else be the punching bag for a while.

Paul:

Of course America is on the decline. Our people think that slogans and military force are a substitute for thought and hard work. Woe is us. Nationalism founded on love of the military can destroy a nation. We wont get better till Bush leaves office and the military genie is focused and used properly. Most problems do not have a military solution.

Allen:

The faults and shortcomings of America are numerous and regularly on display for the world to see. We have a press that publishes most every failure of policy and mistake we make, at least over time. We've got to do better as a nation. I wonder if our critics in other lands ever view themselves with a measure of honest self-scrutiny?

gary pennsylvania:

our ( the usa ) constitution and freedom given us by the creator make the usa the greatest country in the world. its funny to listen to the rest of the world bash america. if we were not here it would take the rest of the world about ten minutes to put another mass murderer incharge of the whole place. if our stupid politicians had any guts iran and syria would be parking lots right now. the u.n. must make all you other countries feel real proud. we wouldn't even be in iraq right now if it weren't for the u.n. you global libs go on ahead tearing evrything apart that is good, there will come a time when you will be defeated.

gary pennsylvania:

our ( the usa ) constitution and freedom given us by the creator make the usa the greatest country in the world. its funny to listen to the rest of the world bash america. if we were not here it would take the rest of the world about ten minutes to put another mass murderer incharge of the whole place. if our stupid politicians had any guts iran and syria would be parking lots right now. the u.n. must make all you other countries feel real proud. we wouldn't even be in iraq right now if it weren't for the u.n. you global libs go on ahead tearing evrything apart that is good, there will come a time when you will be defeated.

Sean:

To hell with the anti-Americans and their views. America is not a conqueror and in fact has saved many of todays governments or America is simply the reason we have a Western Europe and peaceful Asia and Japan. Hell, we conquered Japan and have continued to defend it since WW2. I am sick of these anti-AMerican zealots who run around running America down based on their own ignorant whims.

Adam (New York):

The problem with anti-americanism is that it is intellectually lazy. For example, how can you equate China's blanket media and internet censorship (complete with an internet police force of 30,000 people!)to the freedom enjoyed by all internet users in the US? Also, I would love for someone to tell me how many thousands political prisoners are held in China and what their suspected crimes were. (were they organizing a trade union? protesting against having their village torn down so a chemical plant can be built?) We'll compare notes with the 325 inmates of Guantanamo facing indefinite detention(vast majority are foreign nationals engaged in acts of terrorism directed at the US). It has been my experience that the vast majority of anti-americanism is perpetuated by population manipulating elites seeking power and the ignorant who like to parrot what their leaders say. Some criticism is valid but most is pure garbage, like since the US jails a handful of foriegn nationals for trying to kill american citizens, its okay for china to jail thousands of its own citizens who are tyring to excerise their freedom of speech.

Ron:

It amazes me that seemingly intelligent people can encapsulate in a single phrase or idiom what a whole country believes or thinks. How about a poll of the inhabitants, the 1st question being..."how much time of your day is consumed with thoughts of the United States, it's policies, leaders, etc???" I imagine the average will be expressed nano seconds. Also...regarding euphemisms...why can't reporters attribute to a specific PERSON behind the so-called institutional facades we artifically create what that person actually said? "The White House said today...". TOTAL CRAP. It was George Bush who said whatever today...institutions can't speak, but oh the weight of what their name carries. The New York Times...the Washington Post..TOTAL CRAP. But, I suppose it's easy to dump responsibility on an institution. It's total relief from having to think...

Harold F. Crockett Jr.:

One can label dissatisfaction with United States
in any categorization one pleases but is obvious
to this American that policies of the Bush Admin-
stration have hurt our standing in the family of
nations. Even during the cold war, America was
considered a shining beacon of justice, fairness,
human rights, and democracy. This Administration's policies concerning human rights
and civil rights since 9/11 and the political
interferance at the very core of American justice, judgeships, is highly condemnable to
countries that once looked up to us. From the
basic dismissal of the rest of the world concern-
ing the Kyoto Proticols to the dismissal of the
rest of the world per the United Nations in the
attack on Iraq, this Administration has shown it-
self to be the lone ranger of the world at a
tremendous cost in Military lives and national
treasure with no end in sight. President Bush is
indeed the cowboy many of us feared, only more so.
His messianic view of himself has consumed his
good sense. He sees himself as the Christian
savior of this country against Islamic terrorists.
Any time religion is the basis of going to war
using poor intelligence and poor advice as the
reasons, only a disaster like this one can happen.
President Bush is walking the slippery slope of
mixing rational decision-making with decision-
making based on religious belief. Our fore-
fathers wanted to keep Church and State seperate
in governence of this Country. Who are we to
argue with them. Conservatives used to under-
stand this. Not any more, I'm afraid!

Soren (Denmark):

I dont believe opposition, secptiscism or disbelief vis-a-vis specific policies of the current administration, should be translated into anti-americanism - whatever that term tries to describe.

In that case many us-citizens would also have to be classified as against themselves.

Anti-americanism understood as a general dismissal of everything american hardly exists anywhere - besides understandable anxiety surrounding the global impact of american culture, political and economic power - youll also find jeans, coke and democratic aspirations evrywhere.

Anonymous:

Well, it's classic. Easy. The world, to mix a metaphor, sees blood in the water. As long as the US...and earlier with the USSR were clearly "in charge"... everyone followed along. Then came the internet, cell phones, etc etc...and an administration devastatingly bad, that the chance to revolt from under "big uncles"
knuckle and
the lid eploded off. And it must be said
the US support of Israel, whose existence has been only misery and blood for everyone, is a factor. You hear it constantly abroad.
It is the most dispised country in the world, by polls, we we support it's every corrupt move.

Anonymous:

Well, it's classic. Easy. The world, to mix a metaphor, sees blood in the water. As long as the US...and earlier with the USSR were clearly "in charge"... everyone followed along. Then came the internet, cell phones, etc etc...and an administration devastatingly bad, that the chance to revolt from under "big uncles"
knuckle and
the lid eploded off. And it must be said
the US support of Israel, whose existence has been only misery and blood for everyone, is a factor. You hear it constantly abroad.
It is the most dispised country in the world, by polls, we we support it's every corrupt move.

Daniel:

Even as a patriotic American, it becomes difficult to separate the ideals and beauty of America from the atrocities that our leaders have committed as of late. Unfortunately, foreign anti-Americanism has become understandable. This must be changed! Unfortunately we are too apathetic and/or ignorant (by and large) as we approach our own political process. Those on the right bear a lot of responsibility for letting us get to this point. However, Americans as a group have failed to make our political process work, and those on the left often do to little. We on the left, and all Americans collectively are guilty in a sense. True, our corrupt, imbecilic leaders have made the decisions that have so hurt this country in the past 6 and a half years, but we as a nation are often guilty of letting idealism die, of giving the lie to our principles, our Constitution.

IT IS A NEW DAY & TODAY, TOMORROW AND EVERY DAY DOWN THE LINE, WE NEED TO FIX THE STATE OF OUR NATION. This is especially true when it comes to reversing the damage done under Bush's tenure in foreign and fiscal policy and in the area of civil liberties & human rights. I could go on and on but I won't.

I MERELY ASK YOU TO RESURRECT IDEALISM AND GET INVOLVED IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS IN ORDER TO IMPROVE AMERICA. THIS IS A BIT OF A NAIVE RANT, BUT WE CAN DO GREAT THINGS THROUGH THE DEMOCRACY THAT HAS BEEN PROVIDED TO US. WE HAVE SIMPLY STOPPED FIGHTING FOR THESE THINGS IN TOO MANY PAINFUL INSTANCES.

Daniel:

Even as a patriotic American, it becomes difficult to separate the ideals and beauty of America from the atrocities that our leaders have committed as of late. Unfortunately, foreign anti-Americanism has become understandable. This must be changed! Unfortunately we are too apathetic and/or ignorant (by and large) as we approach our own political process. Those on the right bear a lot of responsibility for letting us get to this point. However, Americans as a group have failed to make our political process work, and those on the left often do to little. We on the left, and all Americans collectively are guilty in a sense. True, our corrupt, imbecilic leaders have made the decisions that have so hurt this country in the past 6 and a half years, but we as a nation are often guilty of letting idealism die, of giving the lie to our principles, our Constitution.

IT IS A NEW DAY & TODAY, TOMORROW AND EVERY DAY DOWN THE LINE, WE NEED TO FIX THE STATE OF OUR NATION. This is especially true when it comes to reversing the damage done under Bush's tenure in foreign and fiscal policy and in the area of civil liberties & human rights. I could go on and on but I won't.

I MERELY ASK YOU TO RESURRECT IDEALISM AND GET INVOLVED IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS IN ORDER TO IMPROVE AMERICA. THIS IS A BIT OF A NAIVE RANT, BUT WE CAN DO GREAT THINGS THROUGH THE DEMOCRACY THAT HAS BEEN PROVIDED TO US. WE HAVE SIMPLY STOPPED FIGHTING FOR THESE THINGS IN TOO MANY PAINFUL INSTANCES.

Eddie:

so everyone hates the US. well why in the world would they do that? hmm. could it be because we gave the rest of the world a huge F You by pulling out of Kyoto? or maybe it was because we dragged ourselves and our allies into a completely pointless (unless you own halliburton shares)imperialist misadventure in Iraq, abandoned the Geneva conventions to condone torture of what are essentially political prisoners, set up gulags in baghdad and quantanamo run by sadistic thugs, blew up the offices of arab newspapers, planted propaganda everywhere and anywhere, ran secret CIA prisons in God knows how many countries, trampled on our own civil liberties in the name of security. Strange that people hate the US. Very very strange.

Andrea:

I think the first step in altering the world's view of the United States is for the US to lend its considerable economic and political might to addressing the most important global problems, like improving health, nutrition and education in the poorest countries. The fight against global poverty is a worthy one in and of itself. But it could also be the means by which the US redefines itself as a conscious political leader as opposed to a neo-imperialist threat. The first step is for the United States to give full support to the UN's Millennium Development Goals and help to remedy the $19 billion annual shortfall needed to end the most extreme poverty.

Charles:

Each of these commentaries on today's question follow a general pattern. The people of other countries generally like the American people, just not our government or it's policies. Kind of how most Americans tend to like the people of other countries (Iranians are warm and friendly people for the most part, and the Chinese are astoundingly inventive and gracioius). Now...if only we could stop letting our various governments speak for us we could all get along fabulously and sit down to break bread. Of course, since in America (and supposedly in some of our so-called enemies' countries) we elect our leaders who speak for us, maybe we really don't like each other. Unless individuals quite generalizing and start being specific, we CAN'T all get along.

Khyber Jones:

Though a change in policy and government will do much to alter the current anti-American trend, especially in the Muslim world, I do agree in part with the author that there are some things about the Bush years that will have a more or less permanent impact on foreign attitudes towards America.

Most people outside the US view the Bush Administration as ideological, religiously fundamentalist, jingoist, ignorant, and a product of a long-running culture war between the American Right and American Left. Most governments will conclude that America will continue to be mired in a domestic culture war for several decades, and that ideological conservatives may continue to control and shape American policies for many years. In other words, though the Bush Administration may be a significant departure from prior US governments, it is not likely to be the last ideologically conservative administration to hold power in the US.

As a result, most governments will choose to act in their own interests or collectively through international institutions, and will not look to consult with the US in advance or seek some form of prior US approval. That will be a significant departure from the Cold War and Clinton years, when almost no one in the west or developing world ever did anything without consulting with Washington DC first. In that sense, the loss of American hegemony is likely to be permanent.

Khyber Jones:

Though a change in policy and government will do much to alter the current anti-American trend, especially in the Muslim world, I do agree in part with the author that there are some things about the Bush years that will have a more or less permanent impact on foreign attitudes towards America.

Most people outside the US view the Bush Administration as ideological, religiously fundamentalist, jingoist, ignorant, and a product of a long-running culture war between the American Right and American Left. Most governments will conclude that America will continue to be mired in a domestic culture war for several decades, and that ideological conservatives may continue to control and shape American policies for many years. In other words, though the Bush Administration may be a significant departure from prior US governments, it is not likely to be the last ideologically conservative administration to hold power in the US.

As a result, most governments will choose to act in their own interests or collectively through international institutions, and will not look to consult with the US in advance or seek some form of prior US approval. That will be a significant departure from the Cold War and Clinton years, when almost no one in the west or developing world ever did anything without consulting with Washington DC first. In that sense, the loss of American hegemony is likely to be permanent.

Anonymous:

Kyoko Altman, with a Japanese first name, has to know that her intentions in her writing will be viewed with suspicion.

It is common knowledge to the world that Japan and China do not view each other favorably.


Andrew:

Why is it (** always **) the position of the world that the US that has to change first?

Andrew:

Why is it (** always **) the position of the world that the US that has to change?

MATTE:

All of my travels in China have shown the people of China to be very supportive of America. They seem to enjoy American culture, foreign investment and the tourists. Unlike the views of many Europeans, in Asia i was told that the American tourists were the best because they truly are interested in being in the culture, and we also tip well...

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